High School Football About To Ban A-11 Offense?

Remember the brief hysteria surrounding the “A-11″ offense? Quick primer on it: football rules dictate that offensive linemen are ineligible to catch a pass on account of their position on the interior of the line and their jersey numbers. Football rules dictate that there must be five of these ineligible linemen on the line on every play… except punts, so teams can put faster tacklers on the field. The A-11 creators took this as a loophole, lined up in a “scrimmage kick” formation on every play, and essentially had 11 eligible receivers to work with. Once the team gets up to the ball, rules still dictate that five players be interior linemen (see: ineligible), but by not revealing who these players are until the snap, the coaches gain some sort of strategic advantage.

A-11 Illegal

The problem with this offense is that college and pro football immediately ensured that the offense was illegal by sealing off that loophole, restricting the offense to the high school level. There, its creators, Stan Humphries and Kurt Bryan, have enjoyed selling their offense at great profit to other coaches “success on and off the field.” But as Chris Brown of SMART FOOTBALL (the best Xs and Os website on the planet, bar none) reports, that might all be coming to an end very soon… and Bryan’s and Humphries’ collective sanity may be flying out the window right next to it: Read more…

High School Team Removes Punt From Playbook

Fourth and 1 on your opponent’s 40. Do you go for it? Probably. How about fourth and 3 on your own 40? That’s a little less likely. How about fourth and 5 inside your own 10-yard-line? Who in their right mind would go for it? Pulaski Academy would, and that’s why they’re state champs.

Ray Guy Punting

The Arkansas school, led by Kevin Kelley, won the 5A State Championship this month with one simple philosophy: No Punting. No matter what the situation, no matter the opponent, they go for it on fourth down. Is there something to it? They’ve got some math behind their strategy, but the only math that matters is their undefeated record.

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HS Team Lines Up 11 Eligible Receivers and Wins

Michael Rand of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE (and the lad that brings us RANDBALL) brings us the latest in football coach ideas that are crazy enough that they just might work: lining up 11 eligible receivers on every play.

Thin Lizzy Jailbreak

Apparently, it’s legal (at least in California high school football), where the (ahem) undersized Piedmont High School football team were able to turn the unique formation into a seven-game winning stream. Coach Kurt Bryan has his kids set up in three distinct camps with one or two quarterbacks and then five of the eligible receivers go downfield on each… oh, just see for yourself.

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